Nearby Tourist Places
If you want to enjoy a short trip off the beaten path and explore inland towards the mountains, you will find towns near Puerto Vallarta which will make your vacation experience complete.
Located in the spectacular Sierra Madre, an hour and 15 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta, is San Sebastian del Oeste, a colonial and historic town. This place retains its Mexican colonial charm. The cool air will refresh and revitalize you, and the sunset over the mountains will be a relaxing ending to your day.
Talpa de Allende
Surrounded by mountains and forests that perfectly combine natural beauty with culture and tradition, Talpa de Allende is a charming, magical, authentic Mexican town. Dating back to 1782, the famous Virgin of Talpa church is an architectural marvel, whose image of the Virgin of Talpa welcomes thousands of faithful every year.
Take a trip back to the past to this XIX century city whose adobe houses and haciendas are surrounded by forests and spectacular landscapes. Two hours away from Puerto Vallarta inland in the mountains, the town of Mascota boasts an impressive historic and cultural heritage found in its architecture and archeological sites, some of which date back to pre-Hispanic times.
Nestled in the mountains about 45 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, on the highway towards Barra de Navidad, is the small town of El Tuito. Walk along the cobblestone streets and notice the adobe houses made from area clay with different tones of yellow and orange. Enjoy nature and the simplicity of this Mexican town in its main plaza surrounded by gardens, restaurants, cafes and artisan shops. Explore the archeological remains of Guasimas, Villa del Mar and Jose Maria Morelos.
Just a few minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta is located in Riviera Nayarit. A destination with a great deal of real estate development, where along with the beaches, you will find a wide range of hotels, extensive golf courses, luxury condominiums, exclusive restaurants and two of the most important marinas in the country.
Another destination in the Riviera Nayarit Tourist Corridor, Bucerias reflects the essence of a typical Mexican town with its main plaza and cobblestone streets. Along with its beaches, the main attraction is the artwork found at its “Flea Market”, one of the largest in the area.
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Known as a fishing village, this tranquil town has a modern marina which is the largest of the Riviera Nayarit Tourist Corridor. Here you will find a stretch of beaches divided into five sections: El Tizate, Cruz de Huanacaxtle, La Manzanilla, Piedra Blanca and Arena Blanca.
Punta Mita is a beach destination well known amongst those looking for privacy, exclusivity and relaxation on their vacations. This relaxing corner of paradise offers a wide variety of activities for all ages and tastes.
Sayulita is a small town 40 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. It is a well known surf destination with its spectacular beaches and waves perfect for surfing. Local and international surfing events take place here every year.
San Francisco, better known as San Pancho, is a town located along the Pacific Coast in the state of Nayarit, only about 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. This enchanting little town has a Polo Club, various restaurants, galleries, villas, hotels and Golf Club. San Pancho has beaches with strong waves ideal for surfing just like Sayulita does. Some of the activities available here are: Horse riding on the beach, canopy tours, snorkeling, ATV riding, climbing, bird watching, turtle releasing, whale watching (seasonal), fishing or sailing.